On October 14, 2021, Verizon notified IBEW & CWA of its intent to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for the unionized workforce unless an individual has a medical or religious exemption. The Company cited safety of employees and customers and the need to comply with federal, state, local, and customer requirements.
IBEW & CWA requested to bargain over the effects that a mandate may have on our members. On November 16, 2021, the Company presented a Last Best Final offer, which included modifications based on the Union’s counter proposals to Verizon, including extending the deadline for Verizon’s vaccine requirement for the unionized workforce to February 1, 2022. The Unions made a counter-proposal to the Company’s last best final offer which was rejected. Today, Verizon informed IBEW & CWA the parties are at an impasse and that they intend to impose the terms outlined in their Last Best Final offer.
The following are some of the key aspects of the Company’s last offer:
Fully vaccinated and submit proof
Have an approved or review pending accommodation
Failure to Comply:
Placed on 60 day unpaid leave
During this leave, if you prove full vaccination you return to work
During this leave, if you prove partial vaccination you return to work and follow safety protocols
You will have 6 weeks from 1st dose to get 2nd dose and be fully vaccinated
During leave, if you do not do anything you willbe separated after 60 days
Partial Vaccination by Feb 1st:
Continue working under safety protocols
Need to be fully vaccinated within 6 weeks of Feb 1st
If you do not have 2nd dose in 6 weeks then place on 60 day unpaid leave
Apply for Legal Accommodation:
If an accommodation is denied or expires you will be placed on 60 day unpaid leave
Up to 4 hours paid time off for 1st or 2nd dose of vaccine
If there is an adverse reaction to vaccine and test is needed, paid time off will be granted by the company
Lose your Proof of Vaccine:
Company will consider extending timelines as long as there is a good faith effort to obtain proof of vaccine
Company will secure vaccine records and keep separate from personnel records
Fully Vaccinated is currently defined as 2 weeks after a 2 dose vaccine or 2 weeks after a 1 dose vaccine
Company will provide periodic reports to the Union on vaccine status, approved, denied or pending accommodation requests
If Government vaccine requirements change the Company will discuss with the Union.
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Bread of Life is a faith-based ministry with a mission to feed the body and to nurture the soul, striving to feed the hungry, the homeless, the needy, and the isolated.
IBEW Local 2222 supports these charities throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season. Once again this year, due to the pandemic, we are asking for donations of gift cards. This will help keep the families safe and allow flexibility during these unprecedented times.
Suggested Gift Cards:
Uber Eats / Door Dash
Stop & Shop
Gift cards can be given to your steward, dropped off at the Union offices, or you can call us at 617-929-6000 to arrange a time for us to pick them up. If you would prefer, you can also donate cash, or you can use the link below to donate to the IBEW 2222 Benevolent Fund and we will purchase and deliver the gift cards.
All donations need to be received by Monday, December 6, 2021.
The generosity of this membership is second to none – Thank You For Your Support!
In October, Verizon informed the IBEW T-6 Council of their intent to mandate the COVID vaccine. Legally, the Union cannot prevent this mandate, but we can bargain the effects of this mandate. The effects include a process where a member can be exempt for medical or religious reasons and the ramifications of a member who does not follow the mandate.
Our first meeting was Tuesday, November 2, 2021. The meeting was strictly an informational gathering process where the Union requested information from the company.
The council will not have another scheduled meeting until we go through the answers that we receive from our questions.
We will keep you updated as we continue to meet with Verizon.